Despite this week carrying little good news when it comes to baseball, there remains a slight chance that we’ll have a season in 2020.
Sure, we’re still watching as commissioner Rob Manfred and players union chief Tony Clark meet for several hours and then forget what they agreed upon, all while a pandemic is shutting down spring training facilities. Still, a season in the range of 60-65 games continues to be discussed.
It’s a significant reduction from the norm. A campaign this short is going to force all teams to make major adjustments to whatever plans they had in mind for 2020.
One goal the Cleveland Indians had for this summer was to get slugger Franmil Reyes more time in the outfield. How often he’d be there remained to be determined, but it was clear he was going to get a fair shot to improve his fielding.
With the Indians now getting around 100 fewer games to work with in the months ahead, the adjustment they need to make with this project is clear.
They need to put Reyes in the outfield as frequently as possible.